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In Country (1989)

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A young girl whose father died in the Vietnam War becomes determined to find out more about him and his experiences.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Bobbie Ann Mason (novel), Frank Pierson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Emmett Smith
Emily Lloyd ... Samantha Hughes
Joan Allen ... Irene
Kevin Anderson ... Lonnie
John Terry ... Tom
Peggy Rea ... Mamaw
Judith Ivey ... Anita
Daniel Jenkins ... Dwayne
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Pete
Jim Beaver ... Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Grampaw
Heidi Swedberg ... Dawn
Ken Jenkins ... Jim Holly
Jonathan Hogan Jonathan Hogan ... Larry
Patricia Richardson ... Cindy
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Storyline

Samantha Hughes, a teenage Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before she was born. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett Smith, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl and Pete, three other Vietnam veterans who, like Emmett, all have problems of one kind or another, that relate to their war experiences. Sam, as Samantha is known, becomes obsessed with finding out about her father and his experiences, but Emmett and the other veterans don't want to talk about the war. Sam pushes everyone to attend a dance honoring the town's veterans, but Pete and Earl get into a fight, Emmett disappears, and Tom takes Sam home for an unsuccessful tryst. When Sam reads her father's diary, she begins to understand what his life and death meant, and with a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, she and Emmett at least temporarily come to terms with the war in their lives. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of an American family. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un héros comme tant d'autres See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,531,971
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"In Country" (1985), the movie's source book, was the first novel written by Bobbie Ann Mason. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where the Platoon Leader is marching in the Platoon you see his shirt has one too many buttons unbuttoned. See more »

Quotes

Emmett Smith: There's something wrong with me, like there's this hole in my heart. I guess there's something missing, I can't get it back.
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Gone But Not Forgotten
Written by J. Fred Knobloch, Scott Miller;
Performed by J. Fred Knobloch
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Dramatic events are highlighted by being shown in common
3 November 1998 | by celtlassSee all my reviews

This film introduces familiar characters and develops them as examples of how losing someone to Vietnam (even if they came home) changed the lives of much of our country. The characters are not "important" figures and the film's impact is greater for displaying how common were those experiences. Bruce Willis' acting is superb and John Terry's character may be the most haunting.


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